Brazil: OceanAir starts flights between Sao Paulo and Luanda on 24 March

13 March 2008

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 13 March – Brazilian airline OceanAir is due to begin flights to Luanda on 24 March, its chief executive, Renato Pascowitch said in Sao Paulo.

The launch of the flight to Luanda is the start of the only flight linking Brazil to Africa by a Brazilian air carrier and Pascowitch said that the airline’s aim was to consolidate its international operations with the flight and meet demand for the African market, which is expanding.

The company’s director for Traffic and Planning, Waldomiro Silva Jr, said that the option to fly to Africa “also aims, in the future, to offer an alternative to passengers from the United States of America that currently travel to African destinations only via Europe.”

Silva Jr said that as well as Angola, the company was interested in countries such as Nigeria and South Africa.

OceanAir is a Brazilian airline with headquarters in Sao Paulo and was set up in 1998 as an air taxi company to serve oil companies in the Campos basin in Rio de Janeiro.

In 2002 the company began a cargo business and is no considered to be the number one Brazilian regional airline, operating in 36 cities and 14 states in Brazil.

OceanAir owns Colombian airline Avianca and 49 percent of Ecuador’s Wayraperu and Vipsa, as well as being a shareholder in Nigeria’s Capital Airlines and OceanAir Taxi Aéreo.

At the beginning of the month Brazil’s ambassador to Angola said that OceanAir would provide three flights per week between Sao Paulo and Luanda.

Currently Taag, Angola’s flagship airline, provides scheduled flights between Luanda and Rio de Janeiro. (macauhub)